Framing human trafficking : a comparative analysis of media representation in Great Britain and the United States

by Laurie Andrea Nasica

Institution: San Diego State University
Year: 2015
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2063791
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/163218


This thesis explores conceptions of human trafficking through a content analysis of news articles published in Great Britain and the United States on a one-year period. This study identifies key patterns in framing revealing how the issue is portrayed in the press, addresses the resemblances or discrepancies between the representations of slavery conveyed in the U.K. and U.S. media, and then discusses the implications of such coverage. My assessment of news articles aims at unveiling the main trends in the media shaping of modern-day slavery in an attempt to further the discussion on the potentially beneficial or detrimental effects of media framing and perhaps contribute to the formation of an adequate representation of human trafficking. Advisors/Committee Members: Maher, Kristen Hill, O'Brien, Cheryl, Zhang, Sheldon.